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Born: 10/23/1930

Born in Philadelphia to John K. and Marjorie G. Rauch, John Rauch was Managing Principal for Venturi Rauch & Scott Brown for some 23 years, withdrawing from the office in 1989. He graduated from Lower Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mt. Holly, NJ, in 1948 and then attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT for over two years. In 1958 he earned his B. Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, later returning for courses in City Planning (1964-1965). By 1956 he was employed as a draftsman during the summer in Pennsauken, NJ, in the office of Hettel & Albert. In summer, 1957 he remained in New Jersey and worked for Charles F. Donnehower in Ocean City; but in 1958 he moved to Philadelphia and fulltime employment with Cope & Lippincott (1958-1961). By 1961 he had joined the Venturi & Short office in Philadelphia, and there he remained, with the name changing to Venturi & Rauch in 1964.

Rauch joined the AIA in 1965. In 1978 he was elevated to fellowship status and later made emeritus. He served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter in 1974, as a member of the Documents Board for the national AIA in 1973-1976. As a member of the American Arbitration Association he often was called in to mediate in construction industry disputes, a role for which he had trained in several workshops and training programs offered by the Association.

Other memberships and civic activities included: President, Reading Termain market Preservation Fund, beginning in 1988; Treasurer and board member, Philadelphia Rehabilitation, Inc., beginning in 1984; Advisory Council, The Foundation for Architecture, 1987- ; Director, United Cerebral Palsy Association, 1988-1990; members, Campus Design Review Committee, University of Pennsylvania, beginning in 1990.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Pennsylvania Society of Architects
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • American Arbitration Association

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Wesleyan University (CT)


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